How Many Times a Year Do You Have to Buy a Birthday Present Or Wedding Anniversary Gift?

How many times a year do you have to buy a Birthday present or Wedding Anniversary gift? Or do you leave it to your partner to do all the gift buying? Even if you leave it all to your partner there must be a few occasions when you have to buy a gift or present for them, either on their birthday or at Christmas.

Do you tramp round the high street stores looking for an idea of what to buy or do you know what to buy and look for the stores that sell the gift you want to buy? There are two groups of gift buyers, those who love looking for gifts and presents to buy and those who find it a chore and struggle to find a suitable gift.

There are many occasions throughout the year when gifts or presents are given. The annual gift giving events are birthdays, anniversaries, Valentines day, Mothers day, Fathers day, and Christmas. On top of these there are the special events like births, special birthdays like 18th, 21st, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th, 70th, 80th,90th,100th.

Next are Wedding gifts, which start with engagement presents then the actual Wedding gifts followed by each anniversary celebration. With Wedding anniversaries we have the milestones starting with the 1st which is Paper, 2nd is Cotton, 3rd is Leather, 4th is Books, 5th is Wood, 6th is Iron, 7th is Wool, 8th is Bronze, 9th is Pottery, 10th is Tin, 11th is Steel, 12th is Silk, 13th is Lace, 14th is Ivory, 15th is Crystal, 20th is China, 25th is Silver, 30th is Pearl, 35th is Coral, 40th is Ruby, 45th is Sapphire, 50th is Golden, 55th is Emerald, 60th is Diamond.

Other events that require a gift or present are the birth of a baby and next is the Christening, followed by graduation gifts, housewarming presents, get well gifts and not forgetting the sorry gift. Some in between gifts are new school, passing exams, passing driving test, leaving work, thank you, in hospital, moving away in fact the card and gift companies will invent occasions to give cards and gifts.

For those of us that struggle to either think of a different gift or don’t like trailing around the high street stores we now have the Internet to give us the ideas and they can even get the gift or present delivered to the door for us. If you love gift giving please read the next part but if you loath gift giving you may want to stop reading now.

Scenario: If you and your partner both live to 80 and got married when you were 25 and had two children by your 30th and had 10 close relatives that you always buy gifts for them you might be pleasantly surprised to know that over your lifetime you will probably give or be given:

80 birthdays each = 160 gifts, 55 Wedding Anniversaries each = 110 gifts, 55 Mothers days = 55 gifts, 55 Fathers days = 55 gifts, 60 Valentines days each = 120 presents, 80 Christmas days each = 160 gifts, Add a selection of Weddings, get wells, sorry gifts and modestly add 10 presents each year for 55 years = 550 presents. This list of presents adds up to 1,210 based on only one present per occasion per couple.

Now add into this the present you will give and receive from friends and relatives over your lifetime which could easily be the same as the total amount of gifts you have given or received 1,210 gifts x 10 relatives = 12,100 friends and relative gifts + 1,210 your gifts = 13310 gifts or presents you buy and receive. That is also probably 13,310 greeting cards you will buy and 13310 gift raps too. That means every couple will buy 166 presents on average every year.

If you take the UK has a population of 60 million and assume only 20 million are gift giving couples. Then the amount of present giving and receiving each year by couples is 166 gifts x 10 million couples = 1,660,000,000 gifts. Which are 4,547,945 gifts bought per day.

If the other 40 million UK residents only give gifts on birthdays then that equates to 123,288 presents bought everyday. In the US you can times these figures by 5 times.

On the other hand you may be horrified, unless you are a gift, card or rapping supplier.

Achieving Business Success Through Different Methods of Negotiation

Negotiation is an interactive process in which the people on either of the sides engage, when they aim to resolve points of difference or reach an agreement. It is a form of communication created to reach an agreement when two or more parties have certain common interests and others that are opposed.

Negotiation is a vital part of striving for organizational goals. It occurs in business dealings, non-profit organizations, in legal issues or among nations.

Many executives think that they know the right way to negotiate. However in majority of cases, the business executives end up not achieving even near optimum results. Their poor negotiation skills incur substantial loss of quality and revenues and also increase the expenses.

There are many attributes essential for successful negotiations. Understanding your organization’s needs, prioritizing and contingency planning. There are many methods of negotiation. Perhaps full disclosure and integrity are the basis for effective negotiations.

Other methods of negotiation also require disclosure of your expectations, budgetary requirements and also flexibility. This creates a congenial environment for negotiations. Many professional negotiators believe that there should be exaggeration in professional dealings, which unfortunately leads to harmful consequences when you under deliver.

One of the best methods of negotiation is to disclose the historic data of previous events, so that the other party never doubts your credibility. Telling the facts in the very beginning of your negotiations build up the trust. A professional negotiator can play a pivotal role in building up a symbiotic relationship with the other party by understanding each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

Only when the negotiator and the venue are content about the developments, then only they can work better and effectively. The art of negotiation can be mastered not just through professional experience, but through a professional art of negotiation program.

An efficient business executive needs good strategies for negotiating better deals while making transactions. Good negotiation skills can make or break your business deals and are necessary for the success of your business. Hence, it becomes important to understand how to use the methods of negotiation effectively.

One of the best methods of negotiation is to know what the other party expects or demands. It is important as you can get as close to some middle ground. Negotiating a deal should be a win-win situation for both the parties and there should not be any place for ego clashes.

Some of the opposite party negotiators feel that they are great at negotiating. One can use this to his advantage and let the other party think, its winning which may let them concede a point or two in your favor, if they feel they are winning.

Other beneficial methods of negotiation include resisting your first offer unless it is exactly on the terms you had wanted. This may compel the other party to accept your terms and conditions. Pretending to resist offers may actually help you gain concessions. Methods of negotiation also include trying your newly learnt negotiation skills on smaller deals first. Then continue to build your skills on better deals.

Flash a PowerPoint Presentation to a Blog


Put a link on your blog post to your PowerPoint presentation:

1.Upload your PowerPoint presentation to a website. There are a lot free uploading services on the web, like Yahoo Geocities, Google Page etc.

2.Copy the URL of the uploaded PowerPoint presentation

3.Create a link in a blog post to the uploaded file

Convert the PowerPoint presentation to flash and upload the flash:

1.Convert the PowerPoint presentation to flash with a conversion tool like PPT2Flash Standard from

2. Upload the converted flash presentation to a website

3. Insert the flash in your blog post with an “Object” tag. It is similar to the way you insert flash in a HTML page in Dreamweaver.

4. Publish your post


If you choose the first method, you should notice that the drawback of this method is that those who want to view the play have to download the file. What is more, if they do not have PowerPoint or PowerPoint viewer, or if the PowerPoint version is too old to be compatible with your PowerPoint file, or vice versa, they will not be able to play the file.

If you choose the second method, your file can be played directly in an internet browser. Viewers do not have to download it.